On Tuesday, July 21, JSNN, UNCG and NC A&T officials along with JSNN students launched the NanoBus (also called the STEM Bus). The NanoBus is an after school program that is designed to provide inner city and rural middle school students the opportunity to interact with university students and enjoy safe and informative science demonstrations created by the students to encourage interest in science studies.
JSNN – the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering – is an initiative of UNCG and NC A&T State.
The NanoBus Initiative was envisioned as the result of discussions between Dean Ryan, Del Ruff (Director of the North Carolina After School Program), and Joe Magno (Executive Director of COIN) and made possible by the contributions of the Duke Energy Foundation, Thomas Bus in High Point and from the dedication of Dr. Ryan’s students.
The bus is designed to carry appropriately trained and prepared university students and their mentors to designated locations in the community in an after school setting where they will set up their experiments and demonstrations for the local students (and others) to enjoy and learn. The university students providing the demonstrations will act as role models to the children and provide encouragement to students who have not considered college or have an interest in science.
Text courtesy newsletter of the NC Center of Innovation Network (NC COIN).
Photograph by Martin Kane. L-r: Dean Ryan (JSNN), Mario Di Foggio (Thomas Built), Acting Chancellor Dunn (UNCG), Chancellor Martin (NC A&T), John Geib (Duke Energy).